strength and conditioning Pitching Articles
Here are some pitching articles on this important pitching velocity topic. This topic is currently open for discussion. You can either comment on the articles below or start a thread in the pitching forums.
by Brent Pourciau · October 17, 2012
Well if you are looking for the The Ultimate Weight Training Program for Pitchers then you have come to the right place. We specialize in strength and conditioning programs for developing the healthy high velocity pitcher.
Just recently I had a young pitcher come to my training facility here in Louisiana who was 16 years old and having arm problems. His name was Mitchell. He and his Dad where interested in training through my 3X Pitching Velocity Program, which has helped hundreds play at the next level. He was excited to get started but his Dad was concerned about the weight training program. I told him I would not advise him to remove the weight training program because it will support his development through his teen years and also help with his current arm problems. His Dad decided against weight training for now. I told him that I would only run him through the 3X Velocity System, which is the throwing program but he would not see the improvements that others had made because he was not doing the weight training portion. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · October 2, 2012
Olympic Lifting is critical for training 3X power and is a very controversial style of training for baseball pitchers. It has become even more controversial with the popularity of TopVelocity.net.
The main reason for this controversy is that Olympic Lifting really doesn’t fit the conventional mold of pitching. Olympic lifting has been developing explosive high performance athletes in all sports for years and baseball pitchers have been no exception. The problem is most pitching coaches either have a poor understand of strength and conditioning, or they never used it in their careers, or they have no idea how to implement this style of training into their programs, so they use scare tactics to remove the threat of the subject to their coaching careers. How to deal with this type of coach could fill volumes and I will not get into it here.
In my latest article called, How To Develop Extreme 3X Power To Increase Pitching Velocity, I listed a case study that showed how important strength is to ballistic movements like high velocity pitching. This is why Olympic Lifters use massive amounts of back squats, front squats and clean pulls to build their strength base but there is more to power production than just strength. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 13, 2012
Yes, strength/power development increases pitching velocity. As much as baseball doesn’t want to hear it but there or numerous studies that prove the benefits of strength and conditioning for the baseball player and the athlete in general. Many of these studies are listed on this site. It should just be common sense that if the human body was developed to adapt to all outside stimulus or die then training an athlete through resistance or repetitive ballistic movements will enhance performance over time. You would think this was common sense but this simple logic is not that common in baseball still today. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 19, 2012
So who is afraid of the bench press? Don’t be scared! There has been for years a lot of controversy around the bench press for pitchers. The conventional pitching coach describes the lift as a guaranteed career ending device, “It will destroy your rotator cuff or make you too tight when you throw!” You may have heard these exact words before coming from your pitching coach. The problem is this is just a lot of misinformation from coaches who are uneducated in the world of strength and conditioning.
The bench press is NOT THE BEST LIFT to enhance performance in the weight room but it does have some benefits for the pitcher. This article will cover the Pros and Cons of the Bench Press for Pitchers, so you can move past the controversy and start moving closer towards your pitching goals.
by Brent Pourciau · September 15, 2011
Does Strength and Speed training improve pitching velocity? Most pitching coaches will say NO because either they have no experience with it or because they have no understand of the science behind it. The answer or should I say the secret is YES!
All you have to do is read the science behind it and also look at the results. The most recent example is Tim Collins. He is the pitcher for the Kansas City royals. He used a strength and conditioning program to increase his velocity from 82mph to 97mph in about 3 years. Another advocate for Strength training is Josh Beckett. This is a pic of him during his off-season training program. Here is one of his quotes from the Men’s Fitness article here:”
“What you do during the offseason is, first, build a base. That takes about three weeks, and then you try to get as strong as you can before you go to spring training. Once you get there, you taper down and it’s just a maintenance program for the next six or seven months.” – Josh beckett
You can learn more about his strength training program in the article. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · August 20, 2011
When it comes to training the power pitcher, you must not only have a good understanding of pitching mechanics but strength and conditioning. The problem is most pitching coaches have a very poor understanding of strength and conditioning and most strength and conditioning coaches have a very poor understanding of pitching mechanics. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · August 8, 2011
Overuse has been considered the primary factor for most pitching injuries. Performing the same motion over and over again leads to what the strength and conditioning and medical science world calls Pattern Overload. This is when the body uses load sharing to reduce the stress on the muscle group that is being overused. This causes dysfunctional motor coordination and creates instability in the joint which leads to poor mechanics and eventually injury. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · July 19, 2011
Pitching Velocity Specificity is based around two variables; pitching mechanics and physical fitness. The baseball world has a descent understanding of how important sound pitching mechanics are in producing an above average pitcher but they have very little understanding of how effective physical fitness is in producing an above average pitcher.
This has a lot to do with the trickle down theory. Most of baseball gets their education from Major League Baseball. The problem with the MLB is that they are made up of an elite group of athletes. Therefore the league does not have to spend a lot of time in physical development of their players because everyone they acquire is already developed. This is why they draft athletes over baseball players. If you want proof just look at the 2000 MLB draft when the Colorado Rookies Drafted Michael Vick in the 30th round. The last time Michael Vick played baseball was in the 8th grade. They drafted him because he is one of the best athletes in the world. The MLB would rather draft athletes than just baseball players because they know it is easier to turn an athlete into a baseball player than a baseball player into an athlete. This is why the MLB has very little knowledge and experience in physical fitness and development. So why does all the levels under the MLB look to them for guidance in physical fitness and development? Good question! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · July 2, 2011
I am really tired of hearing “Old School Coaches” saying weight lifting does not increase pitching velocity. I mean, REALLY! Coaches, what do you think Roger Clemens and his trainer Brian McNamee where doing together besides just the steroids? They were lifting their butts off! The problem is the coaches who are saying this are from the pre-steroid era.
Do your history! The pitchers from this era and before did not spend their time in weight rooms because they had to spend their off seasons making an honest living. This means they worked on farms like Bob Feller or were crab fisherman like Joe DiMaggio (see pictures below). Have you ever bailed hay or pulled a crab trap from the water? It is no different than power cleaning 150 pounds or more. Yes, these old ball players where lifting weights, it was just on the farms or the fishing boats. Just ask Bob Feller who lived his entire life as an advocate for fitness and today is still considered one of the games hardest throwers. He will tell you the importance of strength and conditioning for the elite athlete. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 18, 2011
In the game of baseball, all skills require small muscle groups moving big muscle groups. This means you must use a strength and conditioning program that not only develops you to become Bigger, Stronger, Faster but it builds joint integrity as well. Most training programs neglect either the effectiveness of training the big muscle groups and only isolates the small muscle groups and vice verse. A training program that is built around both muscle groups is far superior to the others.
It is important to also make sure that you are educated in the mechanics of the lifts. The Olympic lifts are some of the most powerful lifts in the weight room to training the athlete to grow Bigger, Stronger, Faster. These lifts though are as intricate as learn proper throwing or hitting mechanics. You must spend as much time learning these lifting mechanics as you spend learning your throwing or hitting mechanics. This would mean you need a program that comes with a trainer who is educated enough to coach these lifts or a training video that will replace the trainer. You will find some great training videos below along with the baseball training programs. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 30, 2011
In my last interview with the legendary guru of Speed and Strength Training, from D1 Sports in Tennessee, Kurt Hester. He stated that Major League Baseball is using glorified physical therapy instead of strength and conditioning. This was a shot at the lame approach to training and rehabilitating athletes in the MLB organizations. This is coming from a guy who trains some of NFL’s most explosive athletes and who was label as Gorilla Ball, when he was training the LSU tiger baseball team in the 90′s.
Kurt says that fear is a major problem with baseball players. They train the way they do because of the fear that comes from the higher levels of the game. He also says that if young baseball players trained like Major League ball players, they would never get better.
The fear is that weight training, especially heavy weight training, will make you bulky and will cause injury. Kurt says the MLB’s athletic trainers are running glorified physical therapy programs and not actually training their athletes to become bigger, stronger and faster. This is why I believe top draft picks and big salary pitcher’s like Mark Prior leave the league with a career ending injury, after only 3 years in the show, and never make it back. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 29, 2011
If you are looking for baseball coaching and training in the Dallas, Texas area then look no further. The Dallas Baseball vAcademy is run by National Pitching Coach Brent Pourciau. He has developed some of the top training programs around the country. His 3X Pitching Velocity Program is used all over the world. This program along with his Baseball Training manuals, for all position players, is all you need to take it to the next level.
Dallas Baseball Instruction
If you are looking for instruction in the Dallas area then checkout Coach Pourciau’s video analysis which also comes with his One on One email coaching. His instruction is some of the best you will find. He has worked with hundreds of successful baseball players in all levels of play.
Dallas Baseball Training Programs
If you are a position player looking to gain sprinting and bat speed then the Baseball Training Manual is what you need. It comes with a free stream to the instructional videos for you to learn all of the drills, exercises and lifts. Coach Pourciau is also available to do video analysis for your lifting mechanics. For more information contact Coach above. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 18, 2011
So you need a program that is going to make you Bigger, Stronger and Faster so you can kick some ass? Well, congratulations you have found the perfect program for making this happen! The question now is do you really want to do what it takes to turn yourself into an elite athlete?The reason they are called elite athletes is because only a few can put themselves into this category. All the others give up. Will you give up or will you make it to the promise land?
I was in the same position as you in my career. I was an average ball player and wanted to always play at the next level. Eventually my genetics wasn’t getting the job done, so I had to find something that would reconstruct my DNA and turn me into an elite athlete. This is when I met the legendary Coach Gayle Hatch and his protege Kurt Hester. If you want to learn more about them, then you must watch this priceless interview I did with the Godfather of strength and conditioning, Coach Gayle Hatch. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 1, 2011
by Brent Pourciau · November 17, 2010
by Brent Pourciau · October 28, 2010
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Velocities in the past fifteen years have skyrocketed. In today’s game we have two handfuls of guys who can hit three digits on the radar gun. Just this season the Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman was recorded at 105 mph. This is the highest velocity ever recorded in a game. Nolan Ryan and Bob Feller are estimated to have thrown harder than this but they used different equipment in those days compared to today’s standards. So they are not on this list because of the technology differences.
The biggest question here at TopVelocity.net and around the web is how are these guys doing this? My answer is digital pitching science and strength and conditioning. There also may be a drug factor in the mix as well to be honest. Let’s take a closer look at these three reasons so we can better understand what is going on. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · October 27, 2010
After spending almost five years from when my college baseball career ended, trying to get my arm back from rotator cuff surgery during my freshman year in college, I finally decided it was time to take my last shot at reaching my dream of throwing 94mph and playing pro ball.
College was not much of a career because I constantly struggled with my velocity. I topped out at about 86 mph my senior year, though I did get a lot of playing time in college. I finished my career at an NAIA school because NAIA gave me two more years of eligibility due to my almost career ending surgery (The NCAA would have forced me to petition to get these two years back). This was a problem because I graduated college at 24 years of age and I was not even touching 90 mph. Not many pro scouts are looking for 24 year old college graduates who can top out at 86! It took the next five years, searching for some expert advice, to help me reach my velocity goals. I was lucky enough to find some of the best coaches in pitching mechanics and strength and conditioning in the game. This advice, along with a relentless desire to reach my goals, I started to feel a change occurring. I would continue refining my pitching skills after college by playing in almost every well known amateur summer league in the country, along with an opportunity to play professional baseball in the European leagues, including the European Championship in Rotterdam, Netherlands. When I turned 28 years old I decided to move to Los Angeles and try a new career. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 5, 2010
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by Brent Pourciau · June 1, 2010
If you are looking for information on how to increase pitching velocity then I recommend that you start with the article here at TopVelocity.net on 10 Legitimate tips to Pitching Velocity. This is a good place to start your education. If you are serious about increasing pitching velocity then I recommend that you sign up here for the FREE eBook on Increasing Pitching Velocity TODAY! It will give you some of the unknown facts about increasing your pitching velocity
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This is not an easy task. It takes a good understanding of velocity mechanics and the will to work and train hard and smart. If you are looking for a quick fix then you are wasting your time. I spent five years of my career only working on reaching my pitching velocity goal of 94 mph and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. If increasing velocity was easy then the web would not be full of people claiming to have the secrets to its success. If you are going to reach your velocity goals, it will be by learning how to become more total body in your pitching delivery and by developing more fast twitch muscle fibers with a good strength and conditioning program. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 4, 2010
The reason most pitchers who are new to weight training are so quick to throw away their gym memberships when they experience an arm injury, is due to their lack of education of strength and conditioning. If you are reading this article because you are one of those pitchers who are crawling back to the weight room because you are desperate for velocity and you are willing to give it another shot then welcome back. Now that you are ready to come back, how about doing it the correct way this time? If you are not one of these pitchers and you are new to the weight room then this article is for you as well. Read more